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Before you begin the questionnaire please read the following:

Participant Information

What is the purpose of the study?

The aim of this study is to explore the link between your motivation, the extent to which you actually take part in planned exercise, and what you feel like when you don’t do exercise.


Who is doing this research and why?

Investigator 1 (Main investigator): Stephen Murphy, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 3TU,


Investigator 2: Dr Ian Taylor, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 3TU,, 01509 223274


Investigator 3: Elizabeth Drysdale, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK, LE11 3TU,


Are there any exclusion criteria?

Participants must be aged 18 or over. Children under the age of 18 cannot participate.


Once I take part, can I change my mind?

Yes. After you have read this information and asked any questions you may have we will ask you to provide Informed Consent. However, if at any time before, during or after completing the questionnaires you wish to withdraw from the study please just contact the main investigator. You can withdraw at any time, for any reason and you will not be asked to explain your reasons for withdrawing.


Will I be required to attend any sessions?



What will I be asked to do?

On one occasion you will complete a questionnaire measuring your motivation for exercise. You will then complete a second questionnaire (lasting approximately 30sec) each evening for a period of three weeks. This latter questionnaire will measure whether you do exercise, and how you feel when you do not do exercise.


How long will it take?

The first questionnaire take approximately 1-2mins to complete. The second questionnaire takes approximately 30secs to complete.


What personal information will be required from me?

Your age, gender, and details relating to your recreational exercise intentions and behaviour.


Are there any risks in participating?

No, there are no risks in participating.


Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

All data will be handled in line with the Data Protection Act (1998). All data will be coded and logged on a password protected computer; completed questionnaires will be stored in a locked cupboard.


What will happen to the results of the study?

The results will be utilized as data in a research project. To facilitate this, the project will be forwarded for publication in an appropriate journal. If you are uncomfortable with your anonymized data being utilized in this way, you have up to 2 months from the completion of your final questionnaire to withdraw your data if you feel this appropriate. After this period, if may be difficult to not utilize your data due to the anonymizing and aggregation process. All data will be retained for a period of 10 years.


I have some more questions who should I contact?

The main investigator (details above).


What happens now?

Once you have read this information and gained answers to any queries you may have, you should complete all sections of this preliminary questionnaire (starting on the next page). Following completion of this questionnaire, you will be given directions for the completion of the remainder of this study.


What if I am not happy with how the research was conducted?

If you are not happy with how the research was conducted, please contact Ms Jackie Green, the Secretary for the University’s Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee:


Ms J Green, Research Office, Hazlerigg Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU.  Tel: 01509 222423.  Email:


The University also has a policy relating to Research Misconduct and Whistle Blowing which is available online at


Informed Consent

  • The purpose and details of this study have been explained to me. I understand that this study is designed to further scientific knowledge and that all procedures have been approved by the Loughborough University Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee.

  • I have read and understood the information sheet and this consent passage

  • I have been informed that if I have any questions about the study prior to participation that I can email Stephen Murphy at 

  • I understand that I am under no obligation to take part in the study, have the right to withdraw from this study at any stage for any reason, and will not be required to explain my reasons for withdrawing.

  • I agree to take part in this study​

  • I understand that all the personal information I provide will be treated in strict confidence and will be kept anonymous and confidential to the researchers unless (under the statutory obligations of the agencies which the researchers are working with), it is judged that confidentiality will have to be breached for the safety of the participant or others or for audit by regulatory authorities.

  • I agree for the data I provide to be securely archived at the end of the project.



If you agree with the above statements, please select the option 'I agree'.